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  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine-Memphis
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Memphis
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Academic: Why did you double major? Personal: What do your parents do? Your brother do? And lots of other general family/background type questions" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Academic:What was your favorite Science Class and why? Personal:What are your plans if you don't get in this year?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Academic: Why do you feel you did not do as well on the VR portion of the MCAT? (I am an English major) Personal:Do you have a significant other? How do you plan to balance a career in medicine with a personal life?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the toughest moral dilemma you have ever experienced?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A fourteen year old girl wants an abortion, what do you tell her? What do you do? (I am pro-life so I was a little conflicted on how to answer) and An elderly person is on life-support with a poor prognosis. Half the family wants everything possible done to keep them alive, the other half wants them DNR. How do you resolve this?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Internet research, and read up on current events in healthcare, especially HMO and insurance information" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"All the area hospitals were amazing and the clinical rotations seem top notch. I also thought it was really impressive that the curriculum is set up so that you can start roations almost a whole semester sooner than other schools." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The only slightly negative thing that happened was that my second interviewer was MIA, so I had to chase him down for about 20 minutes and the whole time I was almost in tears, because I thought he was going to think I was late and irresponsible. I found him finally at one of the hospitals instead of his office, and the interview went really well so it turned out fine, but I was getting pretty frantic in the meantime. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Memphis is a really confusing city. My family and I spent almost 2 hours trying to find a good sit down restaurant in downtown the night before my interview. Apparently in Memphis the Interstates and the area surrounding campus are not the best places to look for a good meal. I found out the next day that all the nice places are toward Midtown. So my advice is bring a detailed map! Also I was really worried about getting from place to place so I made my parents be on standby in case I needed a shuttle between interview locations. You can walk to everything from the main building where orientation is and Diane Harris, the nicest lady ever, walks everyone to their interview locations before you are turned loose to find them yourself. I spent quite a while the night before exploring the million buildings on campus because I was paranoid I would be lost or late on interview day. Totally unnecessary for all you worriers like myself!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview day was actually much more fun and low- stress than I thought. For me the worst part was my nervousness before the first interview, but after it was not an intense grill session I was much more relaxed for the rest of the day. Everyone was sooooooooooo nice and friendly. Both my interviews were like chats with a professor for a class. My academic was a little tougher because its harder for me to explain a C in calculus or bad MCAT score, than why I want to be a physician, but even that was far from an interrogation. The tours were awesome. The second years were so easy to talk to and they said our group had the most questions ever. They explained how the curriculum was set up and about the attendance policy (there isn't one) and the note system- Everyone in the class takes turns typing notes and at the end of the week each student can get copies to compare to their own or if they missed a class. They also showed us the first and second year lecture halls, the computer labs, and all the study locations. They fully expressed how hard it was, but seemed to really love the school. The fourth year student tour was through the hospitals. He could not say enough good things about his experiences and told us a lot about the different places to do do rotations. We then had a wrap up session that ran over so I had to run to my final interview, but I was so excited and enthusiastic about the school by then I didn't even care. It is DEFINITELY my first choice school. I do not think anywhere has the kind of clinical experience they do and with the LCP program you get patient contact as early as your first semester. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/08/2004

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